The marathon course route is located in the remote south-west corner of Flinders Chase National Park. Runners will be inspired by deviating and undulating trails, an exposed coastal section with views of the powerful Southern Ocean, a loop that travels by historic landmarks such as Cape de Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch, and a zig-zag boardwalk leading to the iconic Remarkable Rocks.
The half marathon and 10K course are 'out and back' routes that travel along Cape de Couedic Road, fostering a high degree of camaraderie amongst runners as they pass by each other in opposite directions.
The Kangaroo Island Marathon is owned by 1908 Sports Management Pty Ltd. Our vision is to raise the profile of the Kangaroo Island Marathon as one of the Top 10 destination marathons in the world. We are proud that the event continues to deliver a significant economic benefit to the local tourism industry.
The Kangaroo Island Marathon was founded by Race Director Nathan Godfrey, and is operated in partnership with key stakeholders including the South Australian Tourism Commission and the Department of Environment & Water. The event is held in a remote location, and is supported by a team of experienced paramedics from Event Medical Plus. We also work closely with local community groups including Friends of Parks who provide volunteer support on race day.
In 1800 the British Government commissioned Captain Matthew Flinders to explore and map the southern coastline of Terra Australis in HMS Investigator. Flinders made the first recorded European sighting of the island in March 1802. He came ashore on the north coast and named Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo island is Australia’s third largest island, with a population of 4500 people and a coastline totalling 480km. The island is a bio-diverse hotspot; organic GMA free produce, rare flora and fauna, and picturesque beaches. Kangaroo Island is surrounded by five marine sanctuaries and one third of the land is designated as national parks, helping to position Kangaroo Island as a 'must see' tourist destination.